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Bank of America to buy Countrywide for $4.1 billion in stock

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bank of America said Friday it will buy Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion in stock, a deal that rescues the country's biggest mortgage lender and expands the financial services empire of the nation's largest consumer bank.

January 26, 2008 | By IEVA M. AUGSTUMS AP Business Writer | National


YMCA aims to become America’s No. 1 fitness and anti-obesity crusader

NEW YORK - Founded in the mid-19th century, the Young Men's Christian Association has expanded far beyond its name in the United States. It welcomes all faiths, half the 20.2 million people it serves are female, and more than half are adults.

January 26, 2008 | By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer | National


Analysis: After Iowa, New Hampshire, every Republican for himself at GOP debate

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - It was every Republican for himself.

January 26, 2008 | By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Astrograph 1/11

Fortunate circumstances are being ushered in that can make many of your personal goals a reality in the year ahead. Some major changes in your lifestyle will be in the offing as a result, but even if you can't see this right now, start planning for it anyway.

January 26, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Abu Ghraib officer says investigation of abuse at Iraqi prison didn’t go far enough

BALTIMORE - The revelation that the Army threw out the conviction of the only officer court-martialed in the Abu Ghraib scandal renewed outrage from human rights advocates who complained that not enough military and civilian leaders were held accountable for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

January 26, 2008 | By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press Writer | National


Congressional investigation finds a former TSA Web site vulnerable to security breaches

WASHINGTON - Some travelers may be vulnerable to identity theft after petitioning the government a year ago to have their names removed from lists that restrict them from flying.

January 26, 2008 | By EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press Writer | Washington


San Francisco seeks to inspect property seized from tiger attack victims at city zoo

SAN FRANCISCO - Personal property seized from the victims of a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo may contain evidence that they taunted the animal, provoking it to escape its pen, the city attorney's office argued in court documents.

January 26, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Ask Dr. Gott 1/11

DEAR DR. GOTT: olf season will begin again in Indiana in a few short months. We only have two smokers in our group of 20, but every day when we choose up teams, it seems like one of the smokers shares a cart with me.

January 26, 2008 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Dear Abby 1/11

DEAR ABBY: "Wilbur" and I have been together for 25 years, married for nine. During that time we have been through almost everything.

January 26, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Mullen: US-Iranian navy clash reflects shift in Tehran military strategy

WASHINGTON - The recent confrontation between Iranian and U.S. navy forces in the Persian Gulf reflects a shift in military strategy by Tehran to use its Revolutionary Guard's fast boats in a more aggressive manner in the region, the top U.S. military officer said Friday.

January 26, 2008 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer | Washington


Consumer confidence sinks to record low over worry about jobs, energy costs, and foreclosures

WASHINGTON - Consumer confidence fell to an all-time low as worries about jobs, energy bills and home foreclosures darkened people's feelings about the country's economic health and their own financial well-being.

January 26, 2008 | By JEANNINE AVERSA AP Economics Writer | Washington


Bush administration times Saudi arms sale notification with president’s Riyadh arrival

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration will notify Congress on Monday of its intent to sell $20 billion in weapons, including precision-guided bombs, to Saudi Arabia, moving up the announcement to coincide with the president's arrival in Riyadh, The Associated Press has learned.

January 26, 2008 | By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer | Washington


Record price for foreign oil pushes U.S. trade deficit to highest level in 14 months

WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit in November rose to the highest level in 14 months, reflecting record foreign crude oil prices. The deficit with China declined slightly while the weak dollar boosted exports to another record high.

January 26, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER Associated Press Writer | Washington


Judges reject lawsuit by British detainees formerly held at Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled Friday against four British men who contend they were systematically tortured and their religious rights abused throughout their two-year detention at Guantanamo Bay.

January 26, 2008 | By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer | National


Former aide to Taylor testifies about concealed embargo-breaking arms shipments

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor concealed banned weapons and ammunition in rice sacks before distributing them to rebels fighting in Sierra Leone's civil war, a former aide and army commander testified Thursday.

January 25, 2008 | By ARTHUR MAX Associated Press Writer | World


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Georgia court OKs probation supervision by private companies

ATLANTA - Georgia's highest court ruled Monday that a state law allowing courts to contract with private probation companies to supervise misdemeanor offenders is constitutional but does not allow for additional requirements beyond what is imposed by the courts.

November 24, 2014 | The Associated Press | Local


Motorcycle clubs ride through Statesboro to collect toys for needy children

Motorcycles, corvettes and law enforcement vehicles brought Santa Claus to downtown Statesboro Saturday for the 12th year of Santa's Toy Run.

November 24, 2014 | By JULIE LAVENDER Herald Writer | Local


Shopping by Lantern Light set for Tuesday

The Statesboro Main Street Farmers Market will host its seventh annual Shopping by Lantern Light from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Charlie Olliff Square in downtown Statesboro, behind Sea Island Bank.

November 24, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Local


'Say Thanks': Facebook launches new feature to encourage gratitude this Thanksgiving

Facebook recently introduced a new way of expressing gratitude just in time for Thanksgiving as it launched its new "Say Thanks" video creator. The feature has received mixed reviews in a predictable fashion as critics tear it apart while Facebook users have flooded newsfeeds with videos saying thanks to their friends and family.

November 24, 2014 | By MORGAN JONES Deseret News National | Hot topics


Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers.

November 24, 2014 | By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS Associated Press | Nation


Bulloch History with Roger Allen: Sugar becomes profitable product in Georgia, Bulloch

(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)

November 23, 2014 | Roger Allen Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Living with Children with John Rosemond: A brief list of today's parenting problems

From the I'm Sorry to Have to Tell You Department: Parents who say they want to raise kids who "think for themselves" are not being exactly truthful. It's a nice and very democratic thing to say, for sure, but let's face it, folks: You want your kids to think like you do. For example: If you're a liberal, you want your kids to be liberals when they grow up. Right? Right! The same is true of conservatives, libertarians, people of faith, people of no faith and people with COEXIST bumper stickers on their cars. Furthermore, that ...

November 23, 2014 | John Rosemond Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Odom-Steinberg

Beth Odom of Metter announces the engagement of her daughter, Brandi Elizabeth Odom, to Matthew Jason Steinberg, son of Jeffrey and Judy Steinberg of Sandy Springs.

November 23, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Weddings


4 unexpected health risks of smartphone use

Smartphones - and the apps, photos and texts that come with them - are hard to resist. Americans log more than an hour of screen time on the devices each day, according to a December 2013 data analysis from Nielsen.

November 23, 2014 | By KELSEY DALLAS Deseret News National | Hot topics


Familiar woes doom Falcons, lose to Browns 26-24

ATLANTA - More time-management issues. A blown lead in the fourth quarter. Another loss outside the NFC South.

November 23, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press | Sports


Kathy Bradley: Owl-eyes spoke to me

I hit an owl.

November 23, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Jackets take 3rd at state cheer championships

Southeast Bulloch High School's competitive cheerleading team finished off a hugely successful season last weekend with a third-place finish in the Georgia Class AAA State Cheerleading Championships.

November 23, 2014 | By ROGER ALLEN Special to the Herald | Local


SEB, SHS earn JROTC honors at state meet

Southeast Bulloch and Statesboro High Schools' JROTC Raider Teams traveled recently to the State Raider Meet at Spaulding High School in Griffin, and each took home top honors.

November 23, 2014 | By ROGER ALLEN Special to the Herald | Local


Church members each get $500 to do good for world

CHICAGO - On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone.

November 23, 2014 | By SHARON COHEN Associated Press | World


Ferguson tense ahead of grand jury decision

FERGUSON, Mo. - Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

November 23, 2014 | By JOHN O'CONNOR and JIM SALTER Associated Press | World


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